It is always difficult to know the truth since the main seller of e-books is a company well known for not telling everything.
I was reading earlier today that US e-book sales have dropped in 2016. Apparently, it is the same thing on every mature market. Sales of E-readers seem to follow the same path and people use their phone as the main reader.
For France, Spain, etc. who have started later, there is still growth, the question is for how long. We are experimenting the same in Paris, especially since we are using immateriel as our platform. Our sales have dramatically increased but we don’t know for how long.
For book packagers and publisher the most important moments in the year are international book fairs where we meet our client publishers. For us it is the London Book Fair in spring but the main one is Frankfurt Buch Messe which is mid October.
For children book publishing there is also Bologna and other book fairs are minor and of local interest.
The countdown is on and we had today a very important meeting in Paris to select which titles from Leduc.s Editions and all our imprints (Leduc, Alisio, L’Inedite, Charleston, Diva) should be selected for the rights catalogue.
Of course, for like every publisher on the planet, I feel it as a threat to our existence: self-publish means publishing without a publisher.
Are we going to continue to live if the world doesn’t need us?
Why I think it is great
In the past, when you wanted to put something into writing, you had to go to a printer or a publisher and ask him if he would agree to invest time and money to print it and make it available to the public.
That’s it. Every year in Livres Hebdo I look at where we are in the Classement and in 2016, we have reached another level. According to this magazine, Leduc.s editions, the French publishing company I co-founded with my father in 2002 is now in the top 40 of French publishing groups.
The sales in France only has reached a level of Euro 7,49 Million in 2016. It represents a growth of 23% compared to 2015… And it doesn’t include Eddison Books sales since the financial statements were not done at that time. Continue reading “Roaring Forties”
After long discussions, we have decided to change the name of the imprint in which we publish books in the UK.
During the last years, it was Connections Publishing but we decided to simplify: now the imprint is going to be the same as the company. The Connections logo is going to last as long as the stock of what we have left but we change it on every reprint.